The Brawn of Rubens Barrichello went a lot better than Jenson’s though, getting him up to second spot. Rubens goes well at Silverstone – you’ll remember him dragging his dog of a Honda up to third last year in the wet – but that’ll be no comfort for Jenson who struggled with his BGP 001.
Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber finished in third, after looking all morning like he was going to get pole, ahead of Jarno Trulli’s Toyota and the Williams of Kazuki Nakajima (who had a great day, out-qualifying his teammate Nico Rosberg).
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton went out in the first round, just when it looked like he might be about to scrape through to Q2.
He’d just completed an out-lap and started a flying one, when Adrian Sutil had an almighty crash in his Force India, which caused the session to be red flagged, so Lewis didn’t get to complete his lap.
It was a stark contrast for Hamilton compared to last year’s imperious drive for the win in horribly wet conditions, and generally the McLarens and Ferraris are still out of the game.
For the minute it’s still Red Bull and Brawn scrapping at the front, and thanks to plenty of new upgrades for this weekend, the Red Bulls look to be very strong indeed.
It would be nice to have another Brit winner at home tomorrow after Lewis last year, but will the Red Bulls steal the show?
(For full results, check BBC Sport’s site.)